What Youth Say About Our Programs
I have experienced quite a bit of grief and loss in my life and I never thought twice about how it has affected me. My school counselor has helped me through a lot. She told me she and another person were going to be running a program called “Grief and loss” and in this program they were going to help students understand and cope with grief and loss.
Attending the program not only made me realize and help me understand my grief and loss, but that everyone deals with it differently. They helped me understand how my own emotions worked, how I could realize when I was about to breakdown or get upset and angry, and what I could do to calm myself down. I also learned how I mask my own emotions. We practiced and exercised different strategies.
Another thing I learned from the group is that I’m not alone. A lot of people in my class and around me are going through the same thing. Everyone shows emotions differently and I learned how to recognize that as well. At first I will admit I was not certain of going to the group because I was afraid I would be out of place or embarrassed about sharing my experiences. But I soon learned, you only share what you feel is comfortable.
Group was amazing and I learned so much. I enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would. Having the people around you to share and reflect off of and just to take a couple hours out of the week really helped me with not only my grief and loss but a lot of other things I didn’t understand about myself. If you ever get a chance to be a part of this group, I highly suggest you grasp the opportunity! If you are a creator, funder, or even supporter of this group I greatly appreciate all the time, effort, and financial resources. Thank you so much for everything.
Lorraine, Student at Pacific Secondary School